HAMILTON - Helen Haigh, 98, of Hamilton, passed away Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital.
Helen was born to Roy and Marie Bemis Pierson on July 1, 1905, in Janesville, Wis. In 1909 the family moved to Woodside, where Helen and older sister May attended Fairplay School, then Corvallis School. During World War I the family moved to Puyallup, Wash., then returned to Hamilton, where Helen attended school.
Helen married Kenneth "Cub" Vallance. They lived in the Three Mile area at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bitterroot Inn, and in Hamilton and Missoula while they worked in the creamery business.
Helen later married Herb Haigh, and they owned and managed Haigh's Pool Hall.
She taught ceramics, china painting, knitting (she continued knitting baby dolls the day before she passed away), tole painting and leatherwork. She judged 4-H leatherwork at the fair.
After Herb's death, Helen spent many summers working at gift shops in Yellowstone, Glacier, Mount Rainier and Grand Canyon national parks. She loved all kinds of dancing, especially square dancing. For the last eight years she hosted a Sunday brunch at her home for relatives, friends and neighbors.
Helen was preceded in death by her husbands Kenneth "Cub" Vallance and Herb Haigh, sister May Vallance, sons Gene and Robert, daughter Shirley Bugli and grandson David Vallance.
Surviving are her daughter Holly Patzer and husband Ed, son-in-law Zack Bugli, daughter-in-law Marjorie VanAlstine, 20 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Grandma Helen will be missed. She was known as "Grandma" to friends, family and her wonderful caregivers who allowed her to live in her home until her last days.
A celebration of Helen's life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Daly-Leach Chapel with the Rev. Steve VanGilder officiating. Private family urn placement will take place at a later date.
The family suggests memorials to Camp Mak-A-Dream, 32 Fort Missoula Road, Missoula, MT 59804, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Isabello 'Rod' Rodriquez
RONAN - Graveside services for Isabello "Rod" Rodriquez will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Cemetery.
Isabello "Rod" Rodriquez, 72, of Ronan, died of natural causes Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at the Westside Care Center.
Shrider's Mortuary is assisting with arrangements.
David L. Erchul
CAMAS PRAIRIE - David Louis "Dave" Erchul, 58, passed away Jan. 6, 2004, at his home at Camas Prairie from a severe internal hemorrhage. His kind and generous ways will be sorely missed by his friends and family.
Dave, the son of Joe M. and Virginia Cameron Erchul, was born July 15, 1945, in Missoula. He attended schools at Camas Prairie and Hot Springs and graduated from high school in 1964. He attended Northern Montana College in Havre for three years, but his heart was always in farming and ranching so he returned to Camas Prairie.
He joined the National Guard and took basic training at Fort Ord, Calif. For a short time he worked for Diehl Lumber Co. of Plains; then for many years he worked for the Sanders County road crew in both the Hot Springs and Plains districts. At the time of his death he was working as a custodian at the Camas Prairie School. He enjoyed the children and their artwork and other displays.
In July 1974 he married Patricia Click in Plains. The couple made their home at Camas Prairie for the next 29 years. They enjoyed the cattle and growing crops. They won many ribbons at the fair each year for their flowers and other plants.
He is survived by his wife Patricia at the family home; one brother, Jay Erchul of Hot Springs; one sister, Mary Nell Klawitter of Missoula; nieces Diana Baker, Laurie Magers, Nancy Erchul and Laura Andres; one nephew, Jim Klawitter; and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Virginia in 1991 and 1998, respectively.
A private graveside service for the immediate family was held Friday at Plains Cemetery where Dave was laid to rest. The Rev. Bob Nagy of First Lutheran Church officiated and Coffelt-Bunch Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.
A public memorial service is planned for a later date.
Donald C. Ryan
MISSOULA - Donald C. Ryan passed away on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, of natural causes.
Don, known affectionately as "PeeWee," was born April 14, 1921, in Butte. Following his graduation from Butte High in 1939, he went to work for Boeing Aircraft in Seattle.
After the war he attended the University of Montana and obtained his pharmacy degree in 1953. While attending UM, he was active in the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and he met and married Marian Joyce Mast on July 15, 1947, in Missoula.
His career as a pharmacist enabled him to establish and operate Don's Drug in Missoula until he retired. Don loved fishing and boating and in order to further enjoy those pastimes he built three boats and a cabin at Flathead Lake.
Don was preceded in death by his wife Marian on Jan. 4, 2000.
Don is survived by his children, daughter Debbie Zwang of Libby, her husband Dave and their children Doug and Margeaux; son Dave of Missoula, his wife Marilyn and their children Corey and Justin; and son M. Scott Ryan of Libby.
A service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 3:30 p.m. at Livingston, Malletta & Geraghty Funeral Home. Following the services there will be a reception for friends and family in Don's home at 325 Keith Ave.
The family suggests memorials to Hospice of Missoula, 800 Kensington Ave., Suite 209, Missoula, MT 59801.
Charles W. 'Scotty' Lea
POLSON - Charles W. "Scotty" Lea, 80, of Polson, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula from natural causes.
He was born on March 11, 1923, in Stevensville to Charles and Leona Lea. Scotty grew up and attended schools in Stevensville, graduating in 1941. He attended Montana State University for two years and studied agriculture.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy for three years. Scotty returned to Montana after his military service. He attended the University of Montana and received a bachelor of music education degree. He taught music and math at Havre High School for a few years and band and music at Bigfork and Corvallis.
He married Corine Sdeum and they had three sons together. They later divorced.
On July 11, 1964, he married Jane Hevever in Youngstown, Ohio.
He received his master's degree from UM.
They eventually moved to Polson and Scotty taught music for two years in the Polson School District, retiring in 1976.
Scotty worked as a district manager for KAR Products in Montana and Idaho.
He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Polson and was an avid reader.
Preceding him in death were his parents, brother John and sister Frances.
He is survived by his wife Jane of Polson; three sons and their wives, Scott and Bonnie Lea of Louisville, Ky., Daniel and Karen Lea of Federal Way, Wash., and Michael and Shanda Lea of Tularosa, N.M.; and three grandchildren, Kristopher Lea, Eric Lea and Monica Lea. He is also survived by a sister, Nonce McGiffin.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Polson with the Rev. Russ Barber officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Polson United Methodist Church building fund or to the Intermountain Children's Home, 500 S. Lamborn, Helena, MT 59601.
Arrangements are by Grogan Funeral Home, Polson.
Walter August Frey
POLSON - Walter August Frey, 87, of Polson, died of natural causes Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, at the Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center.
He served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater, including Guadalcanal, during World War II.
Survivors include his wife Meranda; stepchildren Marlene Burnett of Roy, Utah, and Douglas Payne of Tabernash, Colo.; sisters Grace Brooks of Missoula and Hazel Zumwalt of Polson; eight grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; and 27 step-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday at Grogan Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Interment with military honors will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius.
Virginia Rankin Sedman Ronhovde
BETHESDA, Md. - Virginia Rankin Sedman Ronhovde, 94, a Missoula native and wife of a Foreign Service officer, died of pulmonary failure Dec. 19, 2003, in Bethesda.
Born in Missoula, she was the daughter of Oscar Sedman and Harriet Rankin Sedman of Missoula, and the niece of Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress.
Mrs. Ronhovde attended the University of Montana and graduated in 1929 from Wellesley College. She did graduate work at the University of Berlin in Germany and received a master's degree in sociology from Columbia University. She then taught sociology at Douglas College in New Jersey.
In 1939 she accompanied her husband, Andreas G. Ronhovde, to Oslo on a research fellowship. In April 1940 they were forced by the German invasion of Norway to flee by sled to Sweden with two young children. They then returned to the United States via the Trans-Siberian Railway, Japan and the Pacific.
During World War II, she taught third grade at the Beauvoir School in Washington, D.C., and after the war she accompanied her husband, by then a U.S. Foreign Service officer, on assignments in Stockholm, The Hague and Oslo.
In the 1970s she became active in Washington Republican politics, and worked as a licensed real estate agent.
Between 1980 and 1995 she lived in Missoula and was a member of the Design Review Board, the board of the Salvation Army and the "As You Like It" Club. Her husband died in 1987.
Survivors include four children, Erik and Andrea Ronhovde of Washington, Nora Ronhovde Hohenlohe of Washington and Kent Ronhovde of Bethesda; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Huber of Neptune, N.J.
Agnes PokerJim Paul
ST. IGNATIUS - Agnes PokerJim Paul, 93, wife of John Peter Paul for 72 years, passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 11, 2004, at her home north of St. Ignatius.
The last member of the PokerJim family, she was born on March 13, 1910, in Arlee. A dedicated wife and mother, she was one of the fluent Salish speakers and was a valuable cultural adviser to the tribe.
Survivors include her six children, John Paul, Josephine Quequesah, Phillip (Debbie) Paul, Carol (Leslie) Buck, Adele Michel and Nancy (Leon) Grant; 29 grandchildren; 65 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews too numerous to mention.
A traditional wake began Sunday evening at the St. Ignatius Longhouse. The rosary will be recited there at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13.
Wake closing will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, followed by Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Burial will follow at the Paul Family Cemetery north of St. Ignatius.
Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Ruth D. Morrow
LIBBY - Ruth D. Morrow, 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at the Libby hospital.
Born in Pateros, Wash., on Feb. 8, 1911, Ruth had been a resident of the Kootenai Valley since 1966.
Survivors include her husband Nelson Morrow of Libby; her children, Gordon Beadell and Patricia Gayle Pool, both of Bridgeport, Wash., Garnett Morrow of Anchorage, Alaska, and Cheryl James of Lake Forest, Calif.; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, and until noon Wednesday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
Morris Delano Lucas
CHICAGO - Morris Delano Lucas, 57, formerly of Missoula, died of cancer on Oct. 27, 2003, in Chicago.
He was born Nov. 7, 1946, to James Noel and Lucy Ree Lucas. Morris attended the University of Montana and was a sergeant in the Army National Guard.
Survivors include his wife Lynda Lucas, mother Lucy R. Lucas and sister Jacqueline Lucas-Jordan, all of Chicago; brother Warren Lucas of California; daughters Nara and Eria Lucas of Chicago, and Nicolia and Aisha Lucas of Atlanta; son Lonsine Lucas of Atlanta; and five grandchildren.
Services were held Nov. 1, 2003, in Chicago under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home.
Dennis Joseph Shaw
MISSOULA - Dennis Joseph Shaw passed away peacefully of natural causes, surrounded by his loved ones, on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004. We have all lost a dad, son and husband Š truly our best friend.
Dennis was born March 25, 1948, in Bozeman to Ivan and Doris Shaw. He moved to Missoula in 1956 at age 8. Dennis attended middle school and high school here. In 1966 he graduated in the first class to graduate from Sentinel High School. After high school, Dennis attended Montana State University, earning a teaching degree. His first teaching job was in West Yellowstone.
Dennis married Julie Kralicek, while attending MSU in 1969. Dennis later went on to earn his master's degree in counseling while living in Great Falls.
Dennis spent many years counseling those in need; we truly believe he touched the lives of many during his time as a dedicated counselor. He never wavered in supporting our family. Dennis never once stopped caring about how life treated us. Our loss is heaven's gain.
He is survived by his daughter Kaycee of Missoula; three sons, Michael and Kelly, both of Missoula, and Jeff and daughter-in-law Shannon of Virginia; their mother Julie of Missoula; and Dennis' mother Doris, also of Missoula.
A private family memorial will be held.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in Dennis' name to the Poverello Center, 535 Ryman St., Missoula, MT 59802.
William J. 'Bill' Wheeler
ST. IGNATIUS - William J. "Bill" Wheeler, our beloved husband, father, uncle and friend, passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Jan. 4, 2004, from injuries sustained in an auto accident Dec. 31, 2003. He was 80 years old.
Viewing and visitation will be 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Home and Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the rosary service, which will be at 7 p.m. at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission.
Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with Father Andrew Maddock, S.J., as celebrant. Interment will be at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery. A reception and luncheon will follow services.
Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Jack Samuel Turman
MISSOULA - Jack Samuel Turman, 69, of Missoula, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, at Community Medical Center.
He was born April 22, 1934, in Roberts, Idaho, to Samuel James and Grace (Roscoe) Turman. After graduating from Hamer High School, he joined the Army and served 29 months in Germany. While stationed in Germany, he was able to tour much of Europe and also joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The summer he returned home he met Deana Huffaker, his wife of 46 years.
After he graduated from Idaho State University, they moved to Missoula in 1961. He worked many years driving truck and in construction.
His hobbies included playing pool, bowling, archery and hunting.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Dale Turman.
Survivors include his wife Deana Huffaker Turman; sister Leeann Borowy; four children, John R. Turman, James A. Turman, Cayrn L. Kahm and her husband Elen, and Linda M. Turman; nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, who were the joys of his life.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3050 South Ave. W. Private inurnment will be at the mausoleum at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Sharon L. 'Sheri' Bardo
COLUMBIA FALLS - Sharon L. "Sheri" Bardo, 55, died of cancer Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at her home.
She was born July 28, 1948, in Denver to George and Virginia Roebuck.
Survivors include her husband Dick, son Seth, daughter Alyssa and her blue heeler dog Wiggles, all of Columbia Falls, and son Jody and five granddaughters, all of Centralia, Wash.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Bigfork Assembly of God Church. A reception will follow at the church.
Memorials may be made to the family in care of Dick Bardo, 350 Kelley Road, Columbia Falls, MT 59912; or Home Options Hospice of Kalispell.
Buffalo Hill Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.